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11 Nov

My5: Names to Remember

Dylan Frye (Bowling Green): The Falcons will be much improved this season and one big reason is the 6-foot-2 sophomore. Frye averaged just under nine points per game for a team, which was trying to find its’ way last season. He had a career-best 24 against Ohio, but had a combined 14 points in the previous three games. He should be much more consistent in his second year. He’s a shot-maker and he can score in a variety of different ways. There a few schools in the state of Florida that overlooked the native of Pembroke Pines. This kid can play.

David Nichols (Albany): A first-team All-America East selection, Nichols was one of four players from his conference to be named to the Lou Henson award preseason Watch List, but he is still a relative unknown. Vermont got most of the preseason headlines and deservingly so, but Albany’s 6-foot junior might be the best player in the league. After averaging just five minutes per game as a freshman, Nichols emerged as a key contributor last season. He averaged just under 18 points per contest and shot 83% from the field. He’s one of the best-kept secrets in the country.

Miye Oni (Yale): The 6-foot-7 sophomore will be the player of the year in the Ivy League before his career is over. A second-team All-Ivy selection as a freshman Oni finished in the top ten in the league in six categories, including points per game with nearly 13.  He had one of the best seasons in school history, from beyond the arc, making 61 threes on 40% shooting. His impressive first season got him an invite to the Nike Skills Camp this past summer. Yale figures to compete with Harvard and Princeton for league supremacy and Oni will be a major factor. He can score, rebound and distribute. He can play.

Joe Rosga (Denver): With four returning starters, including Daniel Amigo who is an All-American candidate, the Pioneers are a team to watch this season and Rosga will be a key guy. An honorable mention All-Summit League performer last season, Rosga led Denver in minutes per game and finished among the league leaders in scoring with 15 points a night. He shot nearly 46% from the field and over 44% from three-point distance.  He was also 85% from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-3 junior can really shoot it, but he also does a little bit of everything to help his team win. Denver has never been to the NCAA Tournament. That may change this season. 

Josh Sharkey (Samford): As a freshman he set three school records, including the single-season mark for steals with 71. He also established a new freshman record for assists with 150. Now the 5-foot-10 sophomore will look to lead Samford back to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history (only trip came in 2000).  The Philadelphia native averaged just over eight points and four assists in 22 minutes per game and helped the Bulldogs to their first-ever postseason win last season in the CIT. Like a lot of freshman Inconsistency was an issue, but look for him to be a key component in a team that returns all five starters. 


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Angela Lento

 Angela was born and raised in Yonkers. The NYC girl graduated Dean’s List from Krissler Business Institute in 1993 and shortly thereafter was co-founder of CollegeInsider.com. Angela was a driving force in coaches paying tribute to legendary Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan, with "Bow Tie" day on March 1, 2003. In the fall of 2005, Angela and former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg organized All Coaches Care, which helped raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A mother of two (ages 20 and 27) Angela loves to cook, take swings at the batting cages and a good cup of coffee.  Her favorite quotes are "There is more caffeine in a poorly officiated game than you will find in a good cup of coffee" and "Every day is good day to shop for shoes." 


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